A man drinking and watching horse racing on television in a house with two others ended up being stabbed in the left eye with a broken pint glass or bottle until he passed out.
Yesterday, Alan Healy, 47, of Spring Lane, Blackpool, Cork, was sentenced to nine years in jail at Cork Circuit Criminal Court on a charge of assault causing serious harm to Martin Doyle.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin described the attack as “gruesome”.
Detective Garda Deirdre Murphy said it was not known why the assault occurred. She said that the third man who was present had nodded off and woke up to see Healy attacking Mr Doyle. This third man intervened to protect the victim, but Healy then turned on him so he left the house.
When Healy called to his neighbour’s house later that night, covered in blood, to ask them to call for an ambulance for the victim, Healy blamed the third party for the attack on Mr Doyle.
Healy pleaded guilty yesterday and expressed his remorse through his senior counsel, James O’Mahony.
Mr Doyle said he has had facial and eye operations and will require further operations next year.
“I can’t go out in sunlight, I have to wear sunglasses,” he said. “I don’t go to public houses because of the scars. I don’t want to go out that much again over it. I have nightmares as well. I take tablets for that.”
As well as apologising on behalf of his client, Mr O’Mahony said Healy was anxious to put the matter behind him.
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